Cabinteely’s senior ladies whipped up a storm with considerable style and panache as they ran up a huge win over Shankill FC in Shanganagh Park on Monday night.
Cabo were more than a match for their rivals in the opening exchanges as the backline of Jessie Lehane, Lauren Cavanagh, Sharon Tansey and Kate Caldwell dominated with hard pressing and high energy which unnerved the home side.
The side continued to build momentum playing a neat brand of passing football which yielded a fortuitous opening goal of the game as Catriona McGilp narrowly squeezed the ball past the Shankill keeper.
Cabinteely established themselves well in midfield as Resa Dunne, Rachel Mulvaney, Cata Parga and Rachel Keyes were a tactic borne of experience against the opposition. That soon paid dividends as Katrina Moore played McGilp through on goal doubling, Cabo’s lead.
Moore drove into space and converted the sides third goal of the game from 15 yards out just before half time.
With Shankill holding the majority of possession. Cabo were confined to quick counter attacks in the second half – determined to lay down a marker, substitute Jenny Smith hit the crossbar, however, McGilp volleyed home the rebound from close range to complete her hat trick.
Substitutes Gill Douglas and Jess Flemming created a string of stellar passes paving the way for Cabo’s fifth. Substitute Jojo Andrews made her presence know immediately as she steered home a perfectly timed cross from Moore. Soon after a cross from Dunne paved the way for Cabo’s sixth as Moore calmly slotted the ball past the keeper.
Shankill began to press late in the second half but couldn’t capitalise as sub Orla Haskins closed down every opportunity. They were subject to nothing more than long range efforts.
With 10 minutes remaining Shankill were awarded with a controversial penalty. Megan Cullen took the shot from the spot but couldn’t beat the Cabo keeper who flew to her right to make a quality save.
In spite of Cabo’s best efforts Shankill’s Cullen grabbed a consolation goal against the run of play leaving the score at 6-1 as the full time whistle blew.